Jefferson's Reserve Bourbon Barrel Stout - Bluegrass Brewing Co. - East St. Matthew's
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Reviews by RedSpecial1:
4.22/5 rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
A: Pours a huge head, even when extreme care is taken to pour slowly down the side. The head dissipates fairly quick, and you're left with a dark brown beer.
S: Vanilla and bourbon are the main notes that I pick up from this beer. Some roasted coffee and chocolate notes come through as the beer warms up.
T: Flavors of coffee and bourbon lead, and an unpleasant aftertaste perhaps poor quality vanilla.
M: Fairly smooth.
D: Not the best beer of this style I've had. I really wouldn't want to do any sessions of just this beer. A beer this strong really needs to be more balanced than this one is. It seems almost as if the flavors didn't really merge very well.
This is a beer that my fiancee and I had almost a year ago today. After nearly a year of aging, this beer has definitely improved. The beer is slightly over carbonated, foaming vigorously on the pour. The appearance is pretty good with a thick off white head, and a nice dark brown color. The aroma is of bourbon, vanilla, and oak. The taste is mostly the same, with a healthy helping of roast barley as well. The mouthfeel has a fair bit of carbonation with some alcohol heat. A tasty beer, but not one I'd want to drink more than one or two of in an evening.
Serving type: bottle
12-30-2010 02:26:31 | More by RedSpecial1
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3.11/5 rDev -17.7%
look: 2 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 3
12oz bottle from October 2009, poured into a Duvel tulip. Thanks to Lazerlobe for sending this as an extra back in the day.
A: The crown loosens with a tremendous hiss, and the first splash of beer in the tulip explodes to fill it halfway with dense, almost gel-like froth. The oversized glass fills up with about an inch of beer and five inches of head. An attempt to top it up several minutes later still doesn't manage to empty the bottle, and even a third try after that comes up short. Wildly overcarbonated. Infected? I'll give it a point above the minimum here just because the head is so insanely creamy - it looks more like a root beer float than a beer.
S: Whiskey dominates, with equal parts heat and oak. Some chocolate and caramel in the background. The oak notes carry quite a bit of char. Not bad at all.
T: Sweet vanilla, cola, and bourbon up front, with sweeter caramel and chocolate filling in behind. The finish is distantly oaky and, again, sweet. The aftertaste has a bit of a subdued bourbon burn, along with a touch of char. Not bad, but rather boring for the style.
M: The extreme overcarbonation has thinned it out quite a bit, and yet it's still rather fizzy even after repeated swirls and swishes. Not good.
O: My expectations were rather low for this one, and in many ways it exceeded them. If it weren't for the carbonation issues it would have been thoroughly enjoyable; as is, average is about the best I can say for it.
Serving type: bottle
04-22-2013 00:32:44 | More by woosterbill
Jefferson's Reserve Bourbon Barrel Stout from Bluegrass Brewing Co. - East St. Matthew's
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